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Diseases, trauma or injury involving the brain, spine and/or nerves may result in weakness, balance problems, stiffness, pain, dizziness and/or lack of coordination. All of these problems may impact walking, contribute to falls, impair movement and limit an individual’s ability to complete activities at home, work and within the community.

USC Physical Therapy specializes in treating patients with neurologic disorders with the ultimate goal to improve their quality of life. In addition to completing a thorough evaluation, our physical therapists actively involve the patient in the development and progression of their customized physical therapy program.

Some elements of the evaluation may include:

  • Movement analysis
  • Balance assessment
  • Fall risk assessments
  • Gait evaluation
  • Postural analysis
  • Equipment and/or wheelchair evaluation

Treatment is focused on recovery, exploring strategies to optimize movement and to prevent future problems that may impact overall health and wellness.


USC Physical Therapy offers physical therapy services for individuals with the following neurological conditions and disorders:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease/parkinsonism
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Peripheral and central vestibular disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Neuropathies
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Dystonia
  • Pain
  • Headaches


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association

American Stroke Association

Balance and Falls Informational Video

Move Forward

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles

Parkinson’s Foundation

Stroke Informational Video

Physical Therapists

The physical therapists who specialize in treatment of neurological disorders offer the highest level of care by incorporating current best practices and clinical expertise to provide customized care for each patient.

Jessica Axelrod, PT, DPT

David Bellard, PT, DPT

Nora Darakjian, PT, DPT, NCS

Lisa Fukuzato, PT, DPT, NCS

Lori Ginoza, PT, DPT, NCS

Jenna Hankard, PT, DPT

Robbin Howard, PT, DPT, NCS

Stephanie Amber Joseph, PT, DPT

Jennifer Tanaka, PT, DPT, NCS

Kimberly Tsuda, PT, DPT

Maggie Yamamoto, PT, DPT


Location and Hours

Outpatient physical therapy is offered for neurological disorders at the following locations:

USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus

Keck Hospital of USC